Prioritizing scientific exploration: A comparison of the ethical justifications for space development and for space science
Schwartz, James S. J.
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Schwartz, James S. J. 2014. Prioritizing scientific exploration: A comparison of the ethical justifications for space development and for space science. Space Policy, vol. 30:no. 4:pp 202–208
I argue that the moral justification for space science is more compelling than the moral justification for space development. Thus, we ought to reemphasize the status of science as a major stakeholder in space, especially when entertaining policies which might encourage the kinds of space development activities (e.g. resource exploitation) that are liable to conflict with the scientific uses of space.
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